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Reddit teams with Google in nude photo clampdown

Wed 25 Feb 2015


Social networking and news site Reddit has joined Google in a drive to rid the internet of explicit photography and videos.

This stance marks a new development for Reddit, who until now has kept quite an apathetic position on privacy issues, with its 160 million users largely permitted to manage and safeguard their own forum discussions. A number of guidelines do surround child pornography and spam however.

The move by Reddit and Google comes after the iCloud scandal six months ago when hackers stole nude celebrity photos, including private images of actress Jennifer Lawrence, and spread them across social networking sites such as Reddit and Twitter. Jenniifer Lawrence denounced the nude photo hack as a ‘sex crime’.

Today Reddit released in a statement that the policy change was to “help Reddit grow for the next 10 years and beyond.”

As of March 10th, any explicit photographs or video content containing images of nudes or of sexual activity will be banned if the subject has not given their permission. Anyone who wants a photograph of themselves will also be able to report the content and request that it be removed from the site by emailing the company.

Google announced earlier this week that as part of an update to its adult content policy it would be prohibiting nude photographs and videos from its popular Blogger platform. It said that any blog created before March 23rd which contains sexually-explicit content will be made private.

“No content will be deleted, but private content can only be seen by the owner or admins of the blog and the people who the owner has shared the blog with,” said the search giant.

Blog owners can decide whether to remove the images and return their posts to the public domain, or keep their pages private in compliance with the new policy and not appear in Google’s search results.

Across the social networking spectrum, sites have a wide-ranging implementation of policies linked to nudity and sexual content. Facebook has completely blocked any imagery of nudes and sexual activity. Twitter does not police uploads, however the microblogging site does recommend that users mark explicit content as sensitive material, as well as allowing users to block and report any questionable tweets.


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